Why it matters: It's no secret now that Microsoft has used several tricks and tricks to force users in Windows 10 to switch to Microsoft Edge. Other browser makers have been talking about this method for years, but now Mozilla has taken the next step and bypassed Windows 10's anti-hack features to allow users who aren't interested in Edge to easily get their default browser. Firefox.
It was reported last month that Microsoft has made a series of changes to Windows 11 that make it difficult for other browsers to change most of Microsoft Edge from Edge.
The same problem exists in Windows 10, but to a lesser degree - you can easily go to Edge with a request from within the browser, but for other browsers you still have to go to settings where again, you are troubled by the security of Edge and its seemingly superior performance when trying to change the default setting.
This has annoyed other browser builders. In the case of Mozilla, the company has quietly created a way for Firefox users to use the browser by default. Starting with version 91, released last month, Mozilla has reversed the performance that Edge defaulted to in Windows 10.
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Notices New you get when you open Firefox when it's not set by default doesn't send you to setting up apps. Instead, it's a one-click status that scans the security protections built by Microsoft to prevent malware from penetrating the program's default settings.
This is a bold move and may soon be repeated in Chrome, Opera, Brave, Vivaldi and other browsers. There are 1.3 billion users of Windows 10, and many may not be in a hurry to upgrade to Windows 11. However, when they decide to upgrade, Edge is always set by default, and switching to an alternative browser is once again cumbersome.
Mozilla has silently bypassed the protection of default Microsoft programs on Windows